North Safari

North Safari

Tour description

The North safari is a perfect combination of wreck diving and reef diving. You will get to visit the most impressive wrecks in the Northern Red Sea, as well as to experience impressive reef diving. This cruise is suitable to everyone, including snorkelers.
The trip starts in Hurghada and will bring you first to Shaab Abu Nuhas where 4 wrecks are located. After them the route will bring you to Small Gubal, an island surrounded by pristine coral reefs and the wreck of a barge at our mooring place which is the highlight for many macro fans. On the way to the world known Thistlegorm you will dive the wrecks of the Rosalie Moller, which was sunk just six days after Thistlegorm by the same squadron, and the Kingston. The Thistlegorm is for most divers on the North Safari the absolute highlight, especially a night dive on the ship will stay in your memory for quite a while. Ras Mohamed national park offers vertical walls with intact corals and often schools of pelagic fish passing by in the blue. The wreck of the Dunraven is the last stopp before going to the other side of the Strait of Gubal again and towards Hurghada.

  • The famous Thistlegorm
  • The unique Rosalie Moller
  • Ras Mohamed nationalpark
  • The 4 wrecks at Abu Nuhas
  • The stunning corals around Gubal
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Included

Permission and transfers

  • Transfer (Airport - Boat - Airport)
  • Port Ghalib / Hurghada marina fee
  • Safari permission and tax
  • Fuel supplement
  • 2 dive guides

Aboard

  • Shared double cabin
  • All meals
  • Water, coffee, tea and soft drinks
  • 3 to 4 dives per day. Last day 2 to 3 dives
  • 12 l cylinder with air or nitrox

Extras

Nationalpark fees & Visa

  • Nationalpark fee Daedalus €40
  • Nationalpark fee Brothers €50
  • Nationalpark fee Rocky & Zabargad €40
  • Nationalpark fee Daedalus, Rocky & Zabargad €70
  • Nationalpark fee Brothers & Daedalus €80
  • Egyptian Visa at arrival (optional) €30

Rental equipment per week

  • Full equipment incl. computer and torch €160
  • Neopren suit €30
  • BCD €35
  • Regulator €35
  • Mask & snorkel €10
  • Fins with boots €30
  • Diving computer €35
  • Buoy (DSMB) €20
  • Torch €30
  • 15 liter cylinder €35

Courses

  • SSI Nitrox course incl. training material and certificate €99
  • SSI/PADI OWD Referral €179
  • SSI Advanced Adventurer €195
  • PADI AOWD €195
  • SSI/PADI specialty course - price per dive €39
  • Rebreather courses - rEvo, Inspiration, Poseidon MK VI, Hollis Explorer on request
  • Course material and certificate €55

Planned dive sites during the trip

SS Thistlegorm

SS Thistlegorm

The Thistlegorm was sunk on the 6th of October 1941 by german Henkel 111 planes while anchoring. It rests now upright in max. 30 meter depth which makes it a easy accessible wreck. The big amount of schooling fish and it's cargo of motorcycle, trucks, riffles, ammunition and a lot more does not only make it to a underwater museum but also one of the best wreck dives in the world, every diver should have done in his life.

Kimon M

Kimon M

The Kimon M. was build 1952 in Hamburg as the Brunsbüttel and changed owners (and names) several time before running aground on Shaab Abu Nuhas in 1978. 4.500 tons lentils was the only cargo of the 106 meter long vessel. Today the wreck lies on its starboard side in a depth between 12 and 30 meter. Because of the current and surge, only the stern is in good condition and no penetration should be done due to the instability of the wreck. Highlights are the propeller in 30 meter depth, the glassfish in the stern section and a school of batfish passing by regular.

Chrisoula K

Chrisoula K

The Chrisoula K. (aka Tiles Wreck) was built 1954 in Germany as Dora Oldendorf. 1979 she was sold and given the name Chrisoula K. The 98 meter long ship ran aground Shaab Abu Nuhas on the 31. of August in 1981 and sits now upright in a depth between 25 meter (stern) and 1 meter (bow). Due to it's depth and no current, the wreck is suitable for all levels of diver. It also offers some easy penetration, where you will see a lot of floor tiles Made in Italy but also more interesting things like a full equipped workshop and the ships galley.

Carnatic

Carnatic

The Carnatic was a sail and engine steamer on the route between Suez and India. It struck Saab Abu Nuhas on the 12th of September 1969 and sunk the next day. Now it is resting in a maximum depth of 27 meter on it's port side. Due to the long time under water, the 90 meter long Carnatic, which broke in two parts when sinking, is now completely overgrown with hard and soft corals and offers shelter to a lot of different marine life. This very unique wreck offers you easy penetration possibilities and you can still find broken wine bottles in the bow section.

Abu Nuhas

Abu Nuhas

This great reef, also known as the "ships graveyard", emerges two miles to the north of Shedwan Island at the mouth of the Strait of Gobal. On the seabed of the surrounding area lie no fewer than seven sunken ships from different eras. It is often only possible to dive the wrecks from a zodiac due to the heavy sea swells. On the sheltered south side of the reef are two beautiful ergs known as Yellow Fish Reef which offers an excellent night dive.

Giannis D.

Giannis D.

The Giannis D was built in 1969 in Japan as Shoyo Maru. The 99.5 Meter long vessel was sold in 1980 to the Greek shipping company Durmac, which it was working for until it run aground Shaab Abu Nuhas on the 19th of April 1983. Nowadays the wreck lies on it's port side in a maximum depth of 26 meter. While sinking, the ship broke in two half which left only the stern with it's engine room, helm and other crew compartments plus the bow with anchor winch and a mast intact. The rest of the ship is scuttled on the sea bed, including it's last cargo - timber. Diving the Giannis D you can find often Murrays, Lionfish, Bluespoted Stingrays, Glassfish and with a little luck Dolphins.

Shark & Yolanda Reef

Shark & Yolanda Reef

Shark & Yolanda Reef are the two most southern dive sites at Ras Mohamed National Park. Due to the current at the reefs it is very common to do both dive sites in one dive. Shark Reef offers stunning walls dropping vertically to several hundred meter depth and often you can see schooling Barracudas and Batfish there. Yolanda Reef has its name from a cargo ship (Yolanda) which ran aground and sunk there. The wreck itself rests now in a depth deeper than 100 meter, but a part of its cargo, consisting of bathtubs, toilets and a BMW car, is still visible on the reef.

Dunraven

Dunraven

Dunraven is a popular wreck among Red Sea divers. It's a sail-ship that was carrying spices, gold and timber from India. It sunk in 1876 on its way from Bombay to England. There is a legend saying that she hit the reef after an drunken dispute involving the Captain, his wife, and the First mate. It sunk soon after near in the Gulf of Suez.
The wreck of this 72 m long English steamer lies amongst the series of shallow reefs and lagoons. Her hull lies upside down at a maximum depth of 29m. Completely covered in corals, the wreck has become home to a wide variety of marine life including glass fish, morays, groupers, goatfish and napoleon.

Bluff Point

Bluff Point

The reef at Bluff Point has, due to its often present current, a beautiful coral growth. Beside big fence corals and huge table corals there is always a lot of different fish present. Don't forget to have a look into the blue from time to time. If you are lucky, you can find tunas and jacks hunting.

The Barge

The Barge

The Barge is a small wreck south of Gubal Soraya resting in a depth of 8 to 14 meter. Nowadays its almost completely fallen apart, but offers a lot of different marine life shelter. A night dive there is an absolute must do.

Rosalie Moller

Rosalie Moller

Rosalie Moller, loaded with coal, was at anchor between the islands Gubal and Queisum when it was attacked by German bombers. It happenned in 1941 while the ship was on its way to Alexandria. later on 2 bombs hit the vessel and ripped a huge hole in the hold on the starboard side. Now the 110 meter long wreck is standing upright, as if it would be parked, on the sand in about 50 meter depth.
The marine life that can be observed over there is amazing. Thousands of glass fish on the deck and around the bridge, among which large shoals of jacks, snappers and tuna can be spotted. Big groupers and huge lion fish have settled in the bow and stern section.

Ulysses

Ulysses

The Ulysses is a 95 meter long sail and engine steamer which was build 1871 in Newcastle and ran aground Gubal Soraya in 1887. As the ship was standing 3 weeks atop the reef before sinking, it was plenty of time to remove all its cargo consisting of mercury and drums of electrical cable. Today the wreck lies on its port side between 26 and 5 meter. Above 10 meter, the surf took its toll to the wreck but below you can get a very good impression how the boat did look like before sinking. After visiting the wreck, just follow the current and drift through one of the most beautiful coral garden in the northern Red Sea, before being picked up.

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